SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.11 issue1The relationship between depression in occupational context and burnout: An empirical study among NursesAdaptation of the School-Age Temperament Inventory - SATI to a portuguese population author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




Related links

  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO


Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

Print version ISSN 1645-0086


PEREIRA, M. Graça  and  RONCON, Joana. Family relations in the elderly: Adaptation of the Index of Family Relations (IFR). Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2010, vol.11, n.1, pp.41-53. ISSN 1645-0086.

Even if ageing is not necessary related with disease and incapacity, degenerative chronic diseases are often found in the elderly and this fact is related with great functional incapacity that determines consequences at the individual, family and community levels. The Family Relationship Index (Hudson, 1993) is an instrument that assesses the magnitude of problems in personal and social functioning in subject´s family adjustment and, as such, is considered a measure of intra-family stress according to the author. This article presents the adaptation of IFR in a sample of older people living in the community. Results show a high internal consistency (α = .95) and the study of validity has determined the removal of one item while all the others saturate a unique factor that explains 46,86%of total variance. IFR shows good construct and discriminant validity. Based on the results, the scale presents good psychometric qualities and may be used in the elderly population living in the community. In terms of construct validity, results showed that intra-familial stress was negatively correlated with quality of life and positively with depression.

Keywords : Elderly; IFR; Index of Family Relations.

        · abstract in Portuguese     · text in Portuguese     · Portuguese ( pdf )